Olivia came down the stairs Monday morning and commented on the "beautiful tree and circles" right away! I tried to explain what we were going to be doing, but I did make her wait to do the activity until Michael got home.
Day 1 (or 24 when counting backwards) was "open one gift".
This is her yelling, "It's clothes!!" It's actually pajamas. I know that a lot of people do the pajama tradition, and we have been doing it the last 4 years as well. But it sort of always bugged me that they would get the pajamas the night before Christmas. Why start wearing them when the season is ending? Of course, Olivia has worn her Christmas pajamas clear into the summer the last 2 years. That doesn't really bother me, but why not enjoy them during the season?
I know some people have their elf bring the pajamas to start the season. Some people do it when they celebrate St. Nick's Day. We don't do either of those. So now that we will be doing the advent calendar, day 1 will always be to get their Christmas pajamas.
Olivia was literally getting ready to walk out the door to swimming lessons, so I didn't get a picture of them in their pajamas yet--but it will come!
It took her until almost 3 in the afternoon to notice all of the presents under the tree. She is IN LOVE with this idea!! So far, she likes it even more than the advent stuff. I think she "gets" it better because it's tangible, and she loves books so to her it literally is like Christmas every morning!
The book for day two was called The Gifts They Gave, which is a super cute book about what each animal in the stable gave to baby Jesus. As she's opening it she yells, "Look! Animals!... and baby Jesus!... in a nest!" LOL!